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The Panama Papers are 11.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and attorney–client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities. The leaked documents were created by Panamanian law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca; some date back to the 1970s.
The leaked documents contain personal financial information about wealthy individuals and public official which had previously been kept private. While offshore business entities are legal, reporters found that some of the Mossack Fonseca shell corporations were used for illegal purposes, including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions.
"John Doe", the whistleblower who leaked the documents to German journalist Bastian Obermayer from the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), remains anonymous, even to the journalists on the investigation. "My life is in danger", he told them. In a May 6 statement, John Doe cited income inequality as the reason for his action, and said he leaked the documents "simply because I understood enough about their contents to realise the scale of the injustices they described". He added that he has never worked for any government or intelligence agency. He expressed willingness to help prosecutors if immune to prosecution. After SZ verified that the statement did come from the Panama Papers source, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) posted the full document on its website.
Because of the amount of data, SZ asked the ICIJ for help. Journalists from 107 media organizations in 80 countries analyzed documents detailing the operations of the law firm. After more than a year of analysis, the first news stories were published on April 3, 2016, along with 150 of the documents themselves. The project represents an important milestone in the use of data journalism software tools and mobile collaboration.
The documents were quickly dubbed the Panama Papers. The Panamanian government strongly objects to the name; so do other entities in Panama and elsewhere. Some media outlets covering the story have used the name "Mossack Fonseca papers".
Relation to #Pizzagate
Connection to Frank Giustra
Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and one of the Clinton Foundation’s biggest financial backers, was one of the foundation's wealthy international donors who was also a client of Mossack Fonseca.
Connection to Ng Lap Seng
The Clintons "have multiple connections with people who have used the besieged law firm Mossack Fonseca to establish offshore entities." "Among them [is]...Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was at the center of a Democratic fund-raising scandal when Bill Clinton was president."
Connection to Li Ka-shing
From the South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, is a client of the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, and an image of the tycoon’s Hong Kong identity card was found in the firm’s leaked files, according to a media report. The leaked data showed that Cheung Kong Infrastructure, the Cheung Kong group’s infrastructure arm, used Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca’s Hong Kong office to “organise” a string of related subsidiaries in Panama and the British Virgin Islands, Australian broadcaster ABC reported last week.
Connection to the Podesta Group
- The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich, 2016
- Fusion, The Naked Truth, Season 1, Episode 1, Inside The Panama Papers: Dirty Little Secrets
Note: Particularly relevant story to the #Pizzagate investigation at 31 minutes in. Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca being used by multi-millionaire and Russian child sex trafficking ring member, Andrew Mogilyansky.
For the ICIJ's Searchable Database of the information contained in the Panama Papers and the ICIJ's other leaks (collectively referred to as the "Offshore Leaks"), see the following link: